Metadata standards act as recognisable principles which detail the way information is collected, processed and output. The implementation of uniform standards aims to both increase data quality and allow users to make informed decisions.
Metadata standards come in many forms including:
ABS Data Quality Framework
DDI - Data Documentation Initiative
SDMX - Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange
The metadata statements on Transmet have been developed in accordance with the Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange standard. SDMX is designed for statistical data. It defines and structures metadata and data elements with the view to increase information visibility and compatibility. The SDMX initiative is being administered by key international economic bodies including and not limited to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), United Nations (UN), World Bank (WB) and the Organisation for the Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). For more information on SDMX standards, terms and usage please visit the following links:
SDMX - User Guide SDMX CONTENT ORIENTED GUIDELINES - Common Vocabulary
Data Quality Framework
The ABS Data Quality Framework (DQF) provides the standards for assessing and reporting on the quality of statistical information. This framework has been used as a basis for developing the metadata statements on Transmet. The use of the DQF encourages national consistency by adopting a common terminology and providing basic information about the respective data set under standardised headings and sections.
The ABS Data Quality Framework is comprised of seven quality dimensions which are consistent with the attributes on the metadata statements.
The DQF aims to enable users to interpret data, determine if it is fit for purpose, and assess its quality relative to similar collections. For more information on the DQF please visit the following links:
DQO - Data Quality Online